Hope On A Rainy Monday

July 21, 2014

Deuteronomy 11:14-16

14 then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. 15 I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.

16 Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them.

Photography Copyright Martha L Shaw 4-8-14

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Rise With A Song And A Prayer

June 28, 2014

How we feel does not need to rule the day.  Hope is within us.  Pray with me . . . Lord, I give my all to you and ask that you enable me to reflect your joy and hope on this day and always. Amen

In you, Lord my God,

    I put my trust.

Psalm 25:1


Morning Inspiration

June 20, 2014

Meditate on this:

James 1:6
6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

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Whom Will You Serve?

June 17, 2014

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Joshua 24:15
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Anchored By His Word

June 4, 2014

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29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”   Matthew 14:29-36

 

I just heard a young veteran, a born again Christian, speak of his time in Afghanistan.    He was injured badly there, losing both legs as he did his job . . . securing a building without knowing he was standing on a bomb.

He said that he didn’t feel the pain and thus didn’t have fear of losing his legs.  He said that he felt the Holy Spirit within him and felt assured he would go on and life would be good.  Maybe different but good and perhaps better than before.  Then he heard his buddies around him speaking of how bad he was and how they’d never seen such a dreadful injury.  His fear came then.

In the quote from Matthew’s gospel, we hear of Peter walking on water and his ultimate sinking into it as he looked to the wind  . . . now, having heard this young man speak, the question becomes what made Peter lose his faith and begin to sink?  What made him look to the wind and not to his Lord?  Was it perhaps the sounds of his friends in the boat who were worried about him and perhaps calling out in fear “here, Peter, grab this rope and we’ll help you back into the boat!”

Peter’s situation, storm or no storm, was unchanged.  He WAS able to walk on water toward his Lord and yet in that same situation and set of circumstances Peter also quickly began to sink.  We know the ending . . . Jesus was there and had a plan.

Jesus still does.  When Peter saw the storm and heard the cries, he surely saw an impossible situation.  It was NOT impossible though.  We know why.  How often do we Christians who know Jesus still use words which rather than reflect our faith, instead cause us or someone near to sink?  The storm was still there yet the outcome was entirely different . . . Jesus words versus human words of fear.

I often wonder if my mess is because I missed something Jesus told me.  Did He let Peter sink for listening to cries of human fear and the sounds of the wind?  No, Jesus saved Peter.  He spoke to the fear and the weak faith gently to teach and not to condemn!  You?  Me?  We are no different from Peter.  We speak in faith but we also speak in fear.  Jesus has His hand out to us.


Blessed By Regifting

May 22, 2014

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In Whose Image???

May 6, 2014

How refreshing would it be if the media focused even a tiny percentage of their time on our faith, our hearts, our character . . . rather than how often I should be having sex, or the size my boobs, butt, nose, eyes or bank account “should” be in order to fit a model of success NONE of us were created for!!

Genesis 1:27

King James Version (KJV)

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.


I’m Rich In Him

April 25, 2014

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.Colossians 1:27-28 NIV


Arise, Shine!

April 22, 2014

Isaiah 60:1

60 “Arise, shine, for your light has come,

    and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.

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Perhaps it is just me, but the Light seems to be shining extra brightly this

morning and my fine feathered choir seems to sing more

sweetly than ever!


In Season . . . Quote For Tuesday

April 8, 2014

Deuteronomy 11:14-16

14 then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. 15 I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.

16 Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them.

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